Reusing Teflon pans: get creative!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 12:51
If you've read any of my other posts, you know I'm into being as healthy as possible. I strongly believe improving the health of our bodies makes for a healthier planet.
Recently, I've been busy finding a new place to rent; my current house -- although adorable -- has terrible black mold. In the process, I've been going through my kitchen appliances to see what I don't use and what can be replaced with more earth-friendly options. Fortunately, what's earth-friendly is usually recession-friendly as well.
If you're like me, you've had the same Teflon-coated frying pan for years. It's thoroughly scratched, and I recently learned that scratched Teflon can be very hazardous because it allows toxicity to leach into the food. And did you know Teflon can quickly kill birds? (Read: don't reuse as a birdbath!) Now, my parents have glorious stainless-steel pans that, I swear, make more delicious eggs than my pan ever could. So in an attempt to improve both my kitchen wares and my bill of health, I have officially replaced my Teflon pan with a small cast iron skillet, which makes delicious eggs and does not scratch (though I am anemic...).
The real challenge is what to do with the old pan. I know that my curbside recycling here in Nashville won't take frying pans, and my local recycling center only accepts aluminum cans. So how can I keep it out of the landfill?
One option is giving old appliances to Goodwill. I plan on doing this with the coffee maker that I never use. But is it really good will for me to give my scratched Teflon to someone else?
Another option is to get creative. I love one idea found on this website: using old frying pans as water trays to put under potted plants. I love to paint, and I was inspired by this idea to unscrew the handle and paint the outside of the pan. This would add a little color and camouflage to the pan as I hide it under potted plants and keep my hardwood floors dry.
I urge you to use your creativity to save the planet. You'll also be doing yourself some good as you create new life out of the old.
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